Looking South into the Onsernone Valley from above Berzona
Chapel at the top of Berzona
Clearing at Sella
View SE to Auressio and Intragna on the way to the back of the side valley
Large clearing before Auressio, view to Loco Church
View from Church square in Auressio
Below the main road in Auressio you follow the old valley road toward Cresmino
Following the original road to Cresmino, with the new Canton Road above
View NW along the Onsernone Valley from Cresmino (Auressio and Loco)
Berzona - Sella - Mulegn - Auressio - Cresmino
Published/updated on 23.10.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 21770 points | Date of Tour: 19.10.2016 | Favourite Entries (2)
October is the perfect time to hike in the Ticino because the thick chestnut forests are starting to change colour, and the beautiful fat glossy nuts are pelting down all around, so you can collect bags full to take home for a...
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October is the perfect time to hike in the Ticino because the thick chestnut forests are starting to change colour, and the beautiful fat glossy nuts are pelting down all around, so you can collect bags full to take home for a treat.
The Onsernone Valley is infamous in that it has so many curves on the narrow road that it takes almost an hour to drive to the last village 20 km in the back of the valley. And the bus driver doesn't take it slow and easy! At full speed the bus weaves along the curves high above the valley bottom, and whips through the villages where the streets really aren't even wide enough for this kind of vehicle....
We started this tour in Berzona just West of Loco and easily hiked up to a large clearing with a cluster of pretty rustico summer homes (Sella) and a super view of the thickly forested steep hillsides. A very nice trail takes you to the back of one of the many side valleys where more stone homes greet you in Mulegn.
The hike back along the left side of this side valley is a little more difficult. The trail is steep and requires very sure footing as you are basically walking over the original jagged rock base of the mountain for about 1 km (have to allow more time for this, and not recommended when wet). But the rest of the trail and the views to Loco make up for it.
The trail approaches Auressio from the top, and after a steep descent through this pretty village, you can catch the bus on the main road, or continue on the trail far below the main road to Cresmino. This last piece is easy as it was the original road long ago, obviously built up with extreme hard work, and now covered in grass.
From Cresmino one could also continue on to Cavigliano, an additional one-hour hike.
The Maggia Valley in the Ticino is renowned for its side valleys such as the Bavona, Lavizzara, Vergoletto, Bosco Gurin, Peccia… but some of the lesser known side valleys are... more >>